On July 25th, dozens of Maine farms will welcome visitors of all ages to enjoy first hand the delights of working farms around the state. The Maine Beaches region has a number of participating farms hosting events including tours, refreshments, music, activities, petting zoos and more!
Volunteer organization Envision Berwick is proud to support our local farms participating in Maine Open Farm Day on Sunday, July 25, 2021. It is Maine’s 32nd annual Open Farm Day and Berwick’s first with community and volunteer support. Berwick is hosting a multi-farm experience to put Berwick farms on the map, celebrate our agricultural heritage, and encourage agritourism. Participating farms include:
Tare Shirt Farm 245 Diamond Hill Road Berwick, Maine 03901
Tare Shirt Farm is a nationally-known mid-18th century working farm with an orchard, period buildings, and early breeds of domestic livestock. Nancy and Peter Cook have had extensive careers in museum curating and teaching, and the entire farm is devoted to the fiber arts of handspinning, weaving, and knitting.
10-11am Visit the farm
10:45 –11:00am Tour ends with a live spinning demonstration
Orange Circle Farm 184 Blackberry Hill Road Berwick, Maine 03901
Orange Circle is a CSA vegetable and flower farm. All vegetables, flowers, and seedlings produced on Orange Circle Farm are certified organic by MOFGA and are grown without using any types of herbicides, fungicides or pesticides, even OMRI listed products. Orange Circle focuses on pest and disease prevention through holistic practices that include careful attention to soil health, cover crops, composting, crop rotations, row covers, mindful irrigation, and crop diversity. The barn (which includes the walk-in cooler and irrigation well) is powered by an off- grid solar array.
Explore the farm at your own pace through a self-guided tour. Information sheets around the farm will highlight different aspects of the vegetable and flower garden, greenhouses, honey bee hives (maintained by Black Cat Bee Co.), and a solar-powered barn.
11am-1pm “Meet the Bees” at Orange Circle Farm with beekeeper Ellen of Black Cat Bee Co. Some honey may be available for sale.
The Dear Old Farm 310 Blackberry Hill Road Berwick, Maine 03901
The Dear Old Farm is a family homestead focused on growing food for the family and raising a small herd of Nigerian dwarf dairy goats. You may even spot one of their peacocks perched in its enclosure.
The Dear Old Farm began as the Joseph Fogg Jr Homestead in the 1830’s and by the 1880s became the Perkins Farm. The Kasten Family settled in the home in 2016, and have been working to restore it back to its former glory, including the main home and the 3 connected outbuildings and barns. Their goal is to create a theater-in-a-working-barn gathering space for live variety arts performances to delight folks from Berwick and beyond.
1pm-2pm Have your photo taken with one (or several) baby goats in the goat kid-corral.
Hackmatack Farm 538 School Street Berwick, Maine 03901
Hackmatack Farm raises all-natural, 100% grass fed American Bison (or Buffalo) and heritage breed Mangalitsa pigs. The animals live stress-free lives with access to grazing on green grass and digging up grub and roots in forested pasture. They value authentic, honest whole foods and have a variety of local, naturally-raised products including lamb, duck, chicken, venison, and organic eggs. All of their products are hormone free, antibiotic free, and absolutely delicious.
2pm-onward Jubilee Celebration! End the day with a jubilee celebration featuring live music, a bouncy house, lots of delicious, local food including brick oven pizzas and locally brewed beer from Berwick’s Corner Point Brewing.
Join us on Sunday, July 25th (Maine Open Farm Day) to celebrate and support our unique pocket of agriculture right here in Springvale. This year, the walk will take you to visit 8 of our unique and beautiful neighboring farms as well as the Sanford Community Garden. Three Rivers Land Trust will also provide their delicious farm-fresh breakfast to kick off the event.
McDougal Orchards 201 Hanson Ridge Rd., Springvale, Maine, 04083
Celebrate and support our unique pocket of agriculture right here in Springvale. This year, the walk will take you to visit 8 of our unique and beautiful neighboring farms as well as the Sanford Community Garden. The walk will take place from 9 AM to 1 PM. There will not be a shuttle this year, but two different loop walks with parking available at each. Three Rivers Land Trust will also provide their delicious farm-fresh breakfast to kick off the event. For more information, click the buttons below to join the event page on Facebook or visit Three Rivers Land Trust’s website.
Spiller Farm 85 Spiller Farm Lane, Wells, Maine, 04090
Spiller Farm will be offering Abenaki Draft Horse Club wagon rides from 11am-2pm and fresh, delicious corn on the cob. The farm offers a picnic/play area and is home to Spillers’ Farm Store.